Hanna Takashige, Registered Somatic Movement Educator, is an innovator in embodied language and learning. With a focus on what can be experienced and expressed through the body, her work brings a sense of joy and connection.
Hanna received early dance training at The Joffrey Ballet School and Henry St. Settlement Playhouse in NYC. Luigi, a legendary jazz teacher who she studied and performed with in the 1970’s, helped Hanna understand the role of dance in recovery from trauma. She trained in the Grotowski acting method, and later developed a storytelling style that invites participation from an audience. Fascinated with folk songs as a child, Hanna still seeks out opportunities to sing and vocalize with “folk” of all ages.
A Certified Massage Therapist, Hanna taught medical massage at The Swedish Institute in NYC (1975-77). She was resident therapist at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago (1977-88) where her clients included Broadway performers, dancers, opera singers, and classical musicians. Her Takashige Massage Clinic (1989-92) was featured in The Chicago Tribune.
Hanna served as Director of Well Spring Project (2004-2014), an educational program of Center for Changing Systems. In this capacity, she created several programs for vulnerable youth and the elderly:
Moving Into the Circle (2007) currently provides social support and nonverbal communication skills for individuals, families and caregivers in long term care settings.
Well Spring Storytelling, a pre-literacy program, was featured at events sponsored by Hospice By the Bay (2005) and UCSF Children’s Hospital (2008).
Bridging Communities, (2011), brought Marin Ballet School student volunteers to North Bay senior communities, including Windchime of Marin (Kentfield, CA) and The Redwoods (Mill Valley, CA).
The Embodied Voice (2015) currently offers applied learning through the power of authentic voice and movement in corporate, education, and healthcare settings.
The School for Body Mind Centering certified Hanna as an Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Teacher in 2009, a Developmental Movement and Yoga Teacher in 2011, and a Somatic Movement Educator in 2013. She holds a 500-hour instructor certificate with The Yoga Alliance.
Hanna is a professional member of: The International Somatic Education and Therapy Association, The Body Mind Centering Association, and The American Massage Therapy Association.